I've added a new build that I've just aquired! It's attached as "Reviewable Version - 2020.7z"
I ordered a "Reviewable Version" from a seller called Diablodin on the Obscure Games forum.
So the package arrived today (19-05-2020) so I've dumped it with DICUI with a Plextor PX-712SA.
EXE date seems to be about a week earlier than the demo.
Original Archive Description:
The R.D.K.S Team presents, 25 x MediEvil Prototypes for the Sony PlayStation!
(Well 18 since we had a few duplicates, the MD5s were compared with each other and 100% matched)
Rob - Dumped the discs and provided photos.
Dans Friend - Added prototype pages and cheats to the Gallowmere wiki.
Kippykip - Publicising and documenting this release.
SolidSnake11 - Created protection patches and AR Codes.
Special thanks to the ReDump.org team for helping us get the right equipment.
All discs were dumped using a Plextor PX-716A Drive with the DICUI tool from the ReDump.org guys.
The Auction Story
SolidSnake11 send me some messages on discord on 12th October, 2018 informing me there was a auction on ebay by a seller named "urbanninga_9" for MediEvil PS1 concept art, beta discs, and music sheets.
The starting bid was going for £3,000.00, which we obviously couldn't afford.
So we tried seeing if we could croudfund in some discord channels, but nobody was interested.
But then SolidSnake11 added me to a Discord group with a few MediEvil fans who were also very interested in the listing.
Before we thought about splitting with each other, we had to make sure everything was legitimate.
The music sheets in the listing in particular, had the names covered by the other sheets.
More importantly, we had no idea on what the condition of the discs were like.
We shot a few messages to the seller, which we found to be very vague about the whole listing. Eventually Rob was able to find out that the music sheets were actually for a game called "Primal".
On top of that, the seller wouldn't provide us a directory listing, or explain the condition of the discs further than how they looked physically because he had a "MacBook" without a CD drive.
The seller also explained that he had no other computer with one, or willing to borrow somebody elses as he was planning on moving soon and needed this to sell.
But none of us were willing to fork £3,000 for a listing where we didn't know if the discs were working, or even if they were fake.
Knowing that the music sheets weren't even for MediEvil we grew pretty suspicious of the seller.
On closer inspection however, the version numbers seem to roughly match the dates of of some other prototypes by DRX, so there was still a chance that it was actually legit.
We thought due to the lack of info from the seller, we submitted an offer to the seller instead of bidding full price.
But the seller counter offered for something more steeper, which we declined.
The listing ended with no bidders. After a day or so it was relisted again.
We sent another offer towards the end of this listing again. However...
The next day, someone placed a full £3,000 bid for the listing... This was it.
With moments left on the listing, the whole thing was surely over, we felt defeated.
But overnight on the 23rd of October 2018, Rob received an email from eBay.
"Best Offer accepted"
We did it! We won the listing! But what the hell happened?
It turned out to be a fake bidder who bidded the full amount on the listing.
So instead, the seller accepted our original offer.
After a week or so, we received the package from the seller.
The discs are in very good condition despite being over 20 years old.
Same with the artwork, although taking them out of the casing for scanning is troublesome.
Quite a lot of the artwork is actually really stuck to the other artwork behind each other, and removing them will surely damage them.
While the discs are in great condition, the builds have some kind of protection. Attempting to finish the first level, or use the map screen etc, will halt the game with a generic disc error icon.
It was probably to prevent leaks during release.
SolidSnake11 was able to patch out the protection and created xdelta patches for these. Although it was later discovered that there's actually a cheat combination to bypass this, which has also been provided in the "Protection Cracks and Cheats" directory.
We'll see what we can do in the future for the art scanning, but in the meantime enjoy the builds!